The authors are curators for the geology exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, and their overview is an accessible mixture of scientific and popular knowledge. Mathez and Webster invariably select, for the purpose of illustrating an important feature of our planet, the most spectacular and best-known structures, such as the Grand Canyon, the Alps, or the Hawaiian Islands. To answer our deep wondering about how such awe-filling sights formed, Mathez and Webster narrate the same beguilement historically felt and investigated by geology's founder, James Hutton, and succeeding scientists on through to the makers of the plate tectonics revolution. By expressing curiosity instead of declamatory didacticism, the authors furnish one of their stated audiences--geology teachers--with a fine example for exciting students. With numerous photographs and graphs, plus sidebars about how rock samples were brought from the field to the New York museum, this survey offers a great foundation for learning about the earth's profound connections, from its center to its atmosphere. Gilbert TaylorCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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This companion volume to the American Museum of Natural History's award-winning Hall of Planet Earth exhibit by Mathez and Webster, the original co-curators, offers readers an accessible guided tour of how our planet works from interdisciplinary and scientific perspectives.
A handsome and well-written book, in full colour and jammed full of geological information about the earth.... I commend the authors for the thoroughness, accuracy and detail they give to so many parts of the Earth Sciences.
(Simon Lamb New Scientist
This book is your engaging and scientific tour guide.
This informative book... explores the major forces and factors that shaped and continue to shape our planet.
A highly recommended text for any who would wonder what climates were like in past times.
This book...is outstanding among the many fine books on the subject available today...A book of unusually widespread appeal. Highly recommended.
(T. L. T. Gross Choice
By means of well-chosen examples taken from nature as we find it, they provide the best of contemporary approaches to, and conclusions about, the major issues.
(Science Books & Films
A thorough and yet easy-to-understand account of the origins of Earth... The authors definitely know their stuff... But true to their vocations as educators, as well as scientists, they do more than just educate in this volume; they also thoroughly entertain.
(Beth Norton Science Editor